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Teacher Professional Development

 

 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than one week prior to a class are subject to a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than one weeks notice are non-refundable; please consider your payment a donation to the Gardens.

 

Building a Schoolyard Garden

 

Learn how to create a simple vegetable garden in your schoolyard (in the ground or in containers) and ways to incorporate the garden into your classroom curriculum. Learn tips on gardening, discover plants that you can plant in spring or fall and harvest before school ends or it gets cold, and get ideas on how your garden can be incorporated into your reading, writing, math, science and social studies time.

 

The activities covered in this class are appropriate for PreK-6th grade teachers, however, the information on planting a vegetable garden is applicable to all grade levels.

 

A 30 minute lunch break will be provided. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from Offshoots Cafe. Participants should be prepared to spend time outdoors.

$50 member, $55 non member.

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $35.

 

Feeding Communities, An Introduction to Urban Farming

The Feeding Communities course provides an overview of all the skills necessary to plan and manage an urban agriculture project ranging in size from a backyard garden to a multi-acre city lot. Included in this course are lessons on design, soil prep, tool usage, seed starting, pest and diseases, harvesting, and next steps. All lessons are taught by professionals in the urban agriculture field.

 

 

Brien Darby has worked for the Denver Botanic Gardens for over five years both in the greenhouses and as the urban agriculture specialist. She is passionate about vegetable growing, composting, and sustainability. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the American Community Gardening Association, Brien serves locally on the Colorado Food Guild and the Denver Local Food Shift committee. Before working for the Botanic Gardens, Brien worked as the farm manager for 63rd Street Farms in Boulder, CO and attended college at Naropa University, also in Boulder, CO.

1.5 semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $80.

 

Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic in the Garden

 

Learn how to use your garden or classroom plants to teach a variety of subjects. Get easy to implement ideas on how to teach your content area requirements using plants and gardens. We’ll explore a variety of activities that provide hands-on learning opportunities for students to learn math, reading, writing and social studies.

 

The activities covered in this class are appropriate for PreK-6th grade teachers

 

A 30 minute lunch break will be provided. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from Offshoots Cafe. Participants should be prepared to spend time outdoors.

 

$50 member, $55 nonmember.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $35.

 

Teaching Plants from Root to Seed

 

There’s more to plants than bean seeds! Come learn fun, unique ways to teach plant structure and function. Explore what each part of the plant does through hands-on activities that you can easily transfer to your classroom. Concepts such as photosynthesis, transpiration and pollination will also be covered.

 

The activities covered in this class are appropriate for 2nd-12th grade teachers.

 

A 30 minute lunch break will be provided. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from Offshoots Cafe. Participants should be prepared to spend time outdoors.

 

$50 member, $55 nonmember.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $35.

 

The Growing Classroom - how to successfully grow plants in your classroom

 

Classrooms are often hot, dry and have little to no natural light - all conditions not suitable for growing plants. But with a little know-how, even the darkest, coldest and driest of classrooms can be green and lush year-round. Learn techniques and tips for successfully growing plants in your classroom and take home a variety of plants you planted yourself.

 

The activities covered in this class are appropriate for PreK-12th grade teachers

 

A 30 minute lunch break will be provided. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from Offshoots Cafe. Participants should be prepared to spend time outdoors.

 

$50 member, $55 nonmember.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $35 (payable by check only).

 

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